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5 CV mistakes to Avoid

5 CV mistakes to Avoid

After working in Recruitment for a short period, one thing I have noticed is that it’s not good candidates that are hard to come by, but good CVs. Many people seem to rush their CVs with the excitement and pressure of searching for a job or may not have the guidance they need when it comes to writing an excellent CV. Here are some of the mistakes you should avoid:

An irrelevant personal profile

First impressions are important and a personal profile is the first thing recruiters and employers see. Always keep your personal profile relevant and straight to the point in order to keep the reader engaged and interested. Include what type or role you’re looking for and your key skills but remember to keep it brief; no more than a few sentences.

Poor Spelling and Grammar

Good spelling and grammar is essential even in a role where writing isn’t a key skill. Poor spelling and grammar shows a lack of attention to detail and care towards your work. Always proofread your CV and don’t trust a computer spell checker, read your CV out loud if it doesn’t sound right it probably won’t read well.


Format is one the first things a reader will notice. A poorly formatted CV can potentially put an employer or recruiter off; it won’t look appealing to the eye or easy to read and therefore are likely to glance at and ignore it. Ensure that your CV is formatted in paragraphs with headings, as well as this, it’s a good idea to bullet point key skills and duties within roles to make them easier and faster to read and remember always follow the 2 page rule where possible.

Written in 3rd person

A CV written in 3rd person is never likely to be used, they come across as unprofessional and seem like they have been written by someone else. This also makes it come across as a false reference and seems like someone else has written your skills and abilities. An employer is unlikely to trust a CV written this way. Always write in the 1st person as this helps to build trust and rapport with the reader.

Pointless ‘work’ experience

Work Experience is an essential for your CV. Always add any relevant experience with dates, job titles, companies and duties. However, adding work experience which isn’t relevant to the sector you want to secure a position in such as ‘Bus monitor at school’ or ‘paper round’ and school work experience is likely to look like you haven’t achieved any professional experience in your desired industry.

When writing a CV always remember the above points and to proofread for mistakes. You’re sure to be invited for interviews!


By Liz Quinton

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